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About Oasis in Downtown, LES


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Early Start Imagination Camp (ESIC) Program

Camp is for everybody at Oasis Downtown on the Lower East Side of Manhattan!

Designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of our Early Start Campers ages 3-5.

For most children, camp means a set of "firsts," this is especially true for our youngest campers-the first time playing with others, the first time learning to swim, and the first time riding a bus.  

The Oasis Early Start Imagination Camp program strives to create a nurturing transition into the camp environment, working hard to make both our families and campers feel safe.  

The Early Start Imagination Camp:
  • For campers ages 3-5 who have not yet started Kindergarten and are fully potty trained.
  • Has reduced staff-to-camper ratios.
  • Has a flexible schedule that's modified to meet the needs and skill level of our youngest campers.
  • A larger program that has opportunities for campers to participate in special events and activities with the entire camp community.
  • Intentionally designed by Early Childhood educators with your child's needs in mind.
  • Includes participation in "Ready For September": Oasis' patented school-year readiness program that helps campers prepare for the social elements and routines associated with being in a large-group enrichment setting.
  • Offers a blended program combining active, passive, and enrichment-based activities, tailored specifically to the ages and stages of our ESIC campers.
  • Read this post for more information on our Early Start Imagination Camp program.
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Lower Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 1st grade.

Lower Camp:
  • Lower Camp is comprised of campers going into first grade.
  • What campers at this age need is structure and exposure to a variety of activities.
  • While variety is great, we still want Lower Campers to have choice in their programming, so periodically throughout the week they will select their own activities.
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Upper Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 2nd through 6th grades.

Upper Camp:
  • For campers going into the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades the Oasis Day Camp experience is tailored to meet their maturing tastes.
  • Age-appropriate programming includes Athletics, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Outdoor Adventure, Enrichment, and Swim.
  • Campers will have the ability to self-select "Choice Time" activities: elective-based programming

Sports Academy

During camper choice time, our highly skilled and trained staff and professionals will bring their years of experience to camp this summer and provide our camper-athletes with an unprecedented opportunity to get the highest level of training each and every time they step on the court/field. 

Oasis Sports Academy provides athletes with the option to have fun playing their favorite sport, while working on their skill development and game play. In addition, the importance of teamwork and team-building exercises will be incorporated into every day’s activities. Key skills have been delineated to allow our athletes to achieve their full potential in a short time. 

Campers will be assessed during their first Sports Academy day to determine their current skill level. From there on, campers are introduced to basic skills, including offensive and defensive footwork fundamentals. Athletes will learn the rules of the game in preparation for structured game play. Specifics can be viewed here. Parents can view videos on the Oasis coaching philosphy and the athletes who have inspired this program here.

counselor in training with staff

C.I.T Program

You are never too old for summer camp! 

Counselor-in-Training Program:
  • For energetic and motivated teenagers (ages 14 to 16; entering 9th grade through entering 11th grade) who want to learn and develop leadership skills working with children in a camp setting, while still getting to enjoy all the fun activities and friendships of summer camp.
  • Develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with leadership staff, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers.
  • Open only to returning Oasis campers.
  • Download the CIT application here.


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P.S. 110 - The Florence Nightingale School

Oasis Downtown utilizes the indoor and outdoor facilities of PS 110 as well as the incredible collection of recreational facilities at East River Park including tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and plenty of open green space to create an amazing summer experience for our campers.  

Our spacious private area of Hamilton Fish Pool is perfect for instruction and pool time fun.  

Whether we’re inside or outside, our facilities are yet another aspect making Oasis a premier camp!

Activities Never a dull moment!

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Academic Enrichment

Oasis “E-KIDS” Program

Become an Oasis “E”-Kid and continue to maximize your potential! Studies suggest that most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. With our Oasis “E-Kids” program, campers will have the opportunity to recieve tutoring 3x a week, for 1 hour at a time. The sessions will be focused on math enrichment, ELA enrichment, and completing a summer book project. Academic enrichment is available for $125 a week, for campers entering the 1st through 6th grade.

Oasis has a long history of offering academic enrichment services and has been widely recognized for that work. We have won both Federal and State government awards and independent reviews of our work, completed by Johns Hopkins University, have confirmed that students who participate in our programs perform statistically better than non-participating peers.  With all of this experience under our belt, Oasis “E-Kids” is sure to be a success for every one our participating campers. 

swim lessons


Our aquatics activities take place in a private area of Hamilton Fish Swimming Pool.


With a strong emphasis on safety, these facilities provide campers with a great place to cool off, improve skills, and have fun.  We feature an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program under the strict supervision of our own Aquatics Directors, Instructors and Life Guards.

Just The Right Mix of Learning & Recreation

Campers learn and improve upon their swimming skills one moment, and can be spashing around, having fun during free swim the next!

basketball lessons


The Oasis Way is never more evident than in our athletics program.  At Oasis we stress sportsmanship and fair play above anything else.  

Expert Coaching

That’s not to say that instruction and competition go by the wayside.  Far from it!  We have expert coaching and modern athletic facilities to give every child the chance to reach their individual potential.

Never played one of the sports?  No problem! 

Our coaches will show you how to pass, shoot, and score!  Our athletic program includes instruction and plenty of time to play games just for fun.  At Oasis winning is secondary to ensuring that sports are safe, inviting, and enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their level of ability.

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Creative & Performing Arts

At Oasis campers are encouraged to let their creative energy shine.

Wide Selection

We offer a wide-range of creative programming ranging from arts & crafts to theatre arts.  The activities are designed to allow campers to use their imaginations and express themselves artistically.

Be Yourself

Oasis Downtown’s arts programs give campers the opportunity to let their creative juices flow, and try new things they may not get to experience during the school year.  Painting, Music, Dance, and Drama all blend together throughout the summer into finished projects ranging from in-camp performances to camp-wide shows for friends and families to enjoy!

outdoor play

Outdoor Adventure

Adventure activities are designed to help campers develop confidence, leadership, and camaraderie. 

Moreover, campers learn an appreciation for nature.  The Oasis experience truly comes alive when our campers challenge themselves to try activities they have never done before.

Where Individuality & Teamwork go Hand-in-Hand!

Whether it’s hiking, orienteering, or exploring, campers have the opportunity to challenge themselves individually while also working together as a team with a common goal…all the while building friendships, self-esteem and confidence!

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Special Events

Camp Spirit, Tradition & Continuous Excitement!

A great camp experience blends excitement and spontaneity with lots of tradition and camp spirit.  Whether it’s singing at lunch or cheering at morning rally, Oasis’s infectious camp spirit starts the moment campers arrive and keeps growing until the moment they depart.

Never a Dull Moment.

Field trips & special activities like talent shows, scavenger hunts and high-energy dance parties are all part of the fare at Oasis.  Weekly special events and themes, BBQs, day trips to exciting attractions, and all of the other activities help create a unique, surprise filled environment that keep Oasis campers coming back year after year.

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Choice Time

Campers in Upper and Lower camp have the opportunity to choose from a variety of athletic, adventure-oriented, performing or creative arts electives.  It’s what we call Choice Time.

Sample activities include:

  • Gaga
  • Handball
  • Soccer Clinic
  • Basketball Clinic
  • Painting
  • Baseball/Softball Clinic
  • Flag Football
  • Lanyard
  • Volleyball

Transportation and Lunch

morning bus arrival


Oasis bus service features pick-up and drop-off stops at a number of convenient locations in select neighborhoods at an additional fee of $100 per week.

Safe & Comfortable

All transportation is done with air-conditioned yellow school buses, driven by professional drivers that have been fully vetted.  Oasis staff members are also present on every bus.

Extended Day

For parents who chose not to patriciate in transportation services, Oasis also offers an extended day option. For $45 each a week/per child, parents can choose to sign up for our Early Drop-Off and/or Late Pick-Up services.

Available from 8am to 8:30am, and/or from 5:30pm-6pm, parents can either drop their camper off at camp early, have them take part of our late-stay program, or do both!

Lunch Service

Food at Camp

Camp spirit comes to life when our groups come together at lunchtime.  Whether it’s beneath a shady tree or in the cool air-conditioning inside, campers have the chance to mingle with campers from other groups and eat with their counselors. 


Campers have the option to bring their lunch from home, packed in a soft non-disposable container or to sign up for hot lunch service.  Our lunches include a hot entree and side, fruit, bottled water and a fresh baked dessert. 

We Care About Healthy Eating

All of our food is baked, never fried, and we always make sure to use only fresh ingredients.  Moreover our caterer prepares our meals fresh every morning in their state-of-the-art kitchen.  It is delievered to camp piping hot or chilled perfectly and ready to go!


Menus vary daily.  Everything from meatballs and pasta to baked chicken fingers is part of the fare at Oasis.  Of course every meal comes with a healthy dose of vegetables and fruit as well!  Don't like something?  No worries, campers are able to choose substitutions for specific meals.  Maybe you just want a bagel and cream cheese or a turkey sandwich.  Thanks fine with us...we'll make it right on the spot just for you!

On the Go

If you are signed up for the lunch program a cold lunch will be provided on trips days– so whether you're in camp or on the go...either way, you’re covered!  


All of our lunches come with plenty of cool bottled water.  We also provide water is provided throughout the day to keep our campers hydrated and happy!

Click HERE to see our menu!

Dates & Rates Forms & other FAQs

Dates & Rates

Oasis Downtown is open Summer 2019 from July 1 through August 16, 2019.  

Families are welcome to drop their children off directly at the site.  

Morning drop-off starts at 8:30am and afternoon pick-up is between 4:30 and 5:30pm.  For an additional fee, you may sign up for Early Drop Off Service (8:00am-8:30am) or Late Pick Up Service (5:30pm-6:00pm).  

Busing is also available for an additional $100 per week, per child. 

2019 Camp Pricing

# of Weeks2019 CampESIC CampBus Service   Lunch  
Tall Day (9-5)
2 weeks$750$800$200$100
3 weeks$1,125$1,200$300$150
4 weeks$1,500$1,600$400$200
5 weeks$1,875$2,000$500$250
6 weeks$2,250$2,400$600$300
7 weeks$2,625$2,800$700$350
Short Day* (9-3:15)
2 weeks$650$700$100$100
3 weeks$1,025$1,100$150$150
4 weeks$1,350$1,450$200$200
5 weeks$1,725$1,850$250$250
6 weeks$2,100$2,250$300$300
7 weeks$2,425$2,650$350$350
Early Drop Off  (8:00-8:30 am) - $45/weekLate Stay (5:30-6:00 pm) - $45/week
  • Returning families save $20 per week, per child.

  • Early Start Imagination Camp (ESIC) is for campers who haven't completed Kindergarten by the start of camp.

  • Lunch Service is $50/week (8.875% NY sales tax is included).

  • PM bus not available for short day.

  • Tutoring services are available for $125 per week, per child (available for campers entering the 1st through 6th grade).

  • Oasis is flexible around your summer schedule! Campers can enroll for a minimum of two consecutive weeks, a maximum of 8, or any combination in between.


Day Camp

Download the registration packet.

Download the health form.

Download the bus routes. *contact transportation@oasischildren.com to request a copy of our current bus routes*

Download the lunch menu.

Download the CIT application here.

Please email us at downtown@oasischildren.com to get a copy of our most recent bus routes!


Where is camp located?

Oasis Downtown is located in the heart of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and provides children with a traditional summer day camp experience.



P.S. 110

285 Delancey 

New York, NY

What time does camp start and end?

Drop-off is between 8:30am and 9am. 

Pickup is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

*Early drop-off (8am-8:30am) and late pickup (5:30pm-6pm) is available for an additional fee.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Campers will be dropped off/picked up at Hillman Playground (attached to PS 110) on the corner of Delancey and Lewis streets.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If you wish to pick up your child early, please notify our site office on the day prior by email at downtown@oasischildren.com or via phone at 646-519-5058. Early pick up times are scheduled around your child’s activity schedule (1:00pm, 3:00pm), so please be aware that these are the only two early pick up times available. 

*Please note - Early pick up is not possible on days your child is on a field trip.

How old are your campers?

Our campers range from ages 3-12.

Our Early Start Program is for campers ages 3,4, and 5 who have yet to enter Kindergarten.

Lower Camp is set up for our campers who are going into 1st & 2nd grade.

Upper Camp is set up for our campers who are going into 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

How can I get in touch with you?

Site Director: Stacie Soto
Site contact info: 646-519-5058
Site Email: downtown@oasischildren.com

Can I visit my child at camp?

YES!!  Starting your camper’s second week we highly encourage you to visit us.  We do not allow parent visits during the first week of camp in order to allow your campers time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  So come ready to have fun and join in.  Call the office to make set up a time to visit.  We ask that you give us 24 hours notice.  When you arrive for your visit please come to the main office.  We will outfit you in your own Oasis t-shirt.  Make sure you come dressed ready to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  Yes, if you are coming during your camper’s swim period bring your suit and be ready to jump in the pool!

What do campers wear at camp?

All campers must wear their Oasis t-shirt, shorts, socks, and sneakers. 

For the pool, please send your camper with a bathing suit (either on them or in a plastic bag), a towel, and flipflops/Crocs (you may also want to send goggles and a swim cap). 

We highly encourage sending your camper with a hat and sunglasses to protect our scalp and eyes. 

For our younger campers, parents may send an extra change of clothes in their bookbag.

What should my child bring to camp?


Campers should bring everything that they need for camp in the Oasis backpacks. Campers should bring:

  • swim gear
  • water bottle (not the metal ones, they get hot too fast)
  • lunch
  • sunscreen
  • spare change of clothes

What medical staff do you have on site?

Oasis Downtown has a full time RN or EMT on site at all times.  In addition to this all leadership staff and several group leaders are Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Epi-Pen Administration certified.  Please know that our staff IS NOT allowed to administer medicine to your child.  The only exception to this Department of Health guide line is epi-pens.  A member of our medical staff or your Division Leader will call you if your child receives medical attention of any kind.

If your child should require an epi-pen or an asthma pump, please feel free to send one to the camp's summer office in a labeled ziploc bag. Staff will have the medication ready in case of an emergency.

My child has severe allergies and needs to bring an Epi-pen, what should I do?

Please make sure that you indicate any and all important medical information that we need to know about your camper on his/her medical form.  Please alert your Division Leader that your child will be bringing epi-pens to camp.  Please bring 2 pens, both of which need to have a copy of the original prescription taped to them and be clearly labeled with your campers name.  One epi-pen will be kept locked in the medical office safe.  The other will go out into camp with your camper’s Division Leader every day.

What do children eat for lunch at camp?

You can send your child to camp with a packed lunch in a insulated, non-disposable lunch bag that will be kept in coolers during the day. You can also sign up for our catered hot lunch service for an additional fee. 

What is required to enroll for camp?

Parents will have to fill out a registration form to enroll for camp, or use our online system to do so. Before your child begins their stay at camp with us, they will need a completed health form. The health form cannot be over a year old, and is REQUIRED for your child to attend camp.


fun on the bus

Your Child's Happiness Comes First

Everyone at Oasis shares one common goal: to put the interest and happiness of our campers first.  

Our staff is nurturing and encouraging in everything they do.  We are involved in all aspects of camp and believe that participation and supervision are one in the same.

Amazing staff that receive the best training in the industry - it’s another aspect that makes Oasis a premium camp!

It’s about the people.

It’s not about the grounds, facilities, or even the activities.  It’s about the people.  At Oasis we deliver excellence through our commitment to recruiting, training and motivating the best staff in the summer camp industry.

We attract the most qualified teachers, coaches, program specialists and college students, and continuously instruct, coach and reward them to bring out their highest level of performance.  

Most importantly, our staff loves what they do, which makes a difference every day in your child’s camping experience.

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